Sheriff John D’Agostini and members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the people of El Dorado County to the upcoming El Dorado County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. This academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with many aspects of law enforcement and the role the Sheriff’s Office plays in our community.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). The goal of the COPPS program is to open a positive line of communication with our citizen’s and to involve the community in some of the decisions regarding law enforcement.
By attending the academy citizens will develop a better understanding of the guidelines under which an officer functions and why officers handle situations the way they do. Also discussed is the role of law enforcement and how members of the community can come together to address serious crime and social issues.
A few examples of the Citizens Academy course content include community relations, as well as dynamic looks into our patrol functions, K-9 program, gangs, narcotics, laws pertaining to probable cause and search and seizure, traffic laws, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, and the use of force, tools and options. Academy participants will also perform an actual vehicle stop and experience what a patrol deputy gets to experience on a daily basis. New this academy will be classes on cold case homicide investigation, as well as a class on neighborhood watch and victim prevention.
In order to receive the full value of this academy and to be able to observe procedures first hand, the academy includes a four-hour block in which each class member is assigned to ride along with a patrol deputy while he or she works their beat.
The academy is offered periodically and is 15 weeks long. The classes run one night per week, (typically on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.) and is held in the Sheriff’s Department’s Office of Emergency Services classroom. The Citizens Academy is offered on a first come first serve basis and is free of charge. Due to the academy filling up so quickly, we have had to establish a waiting list, so don’t delay in signing up.
The next Citizens Academy is scheduled to start Aug. 23 and run until Dec. 6. If you are interested in attending visit the El Dorado County Sheriff’s website www.edso.org and click on the Citizens Academy link. There you can download and fill out the academy application. Send completed form to Det. Jeff Leikauf, 471 Pierroz Road, Placerville 95667. If you have any further questions contact Leikauf at (530) 642-4720.